Bar none.

Photo by Alexis de la Rosa
Photo by Alexis de la Rosa

The Lady Satine hails from New Orleans and came recommended by the esteemed Sabrina Chap.

Normally we ignore email from Sabrina—we have enough trouble in our lives, thankyouverymuch—but this time, for whatever reason (we were drunk), we read this one message and I’m glad we did.  We’ve never had a polesque performer at Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, simply because—well, Russell didn’t install a pole for some reason. The Lady Satine had her own, though, and the results were amazing.

If I recall, that August session started out a little bumpy—Satine’s side view mirror exploded on her way to the Windup Space (mysteriously, with no warning) and I accidentally got on an express bus and ended up getting dropped off somewhere around Loch Raven and got to the Windup over an hour late. Maeve is a dynamo, though, and everything got set up in time anyway.

. . . and The Lady Satine. Look at those damn poses. Just look. You know that hurt for at least a few days after. I seriously doubt there are many drawing sessions like that in the history of the planet. No, really.

We had an assortment of drawing contests too, with the winners receiving either concoctions from Russell behind the bar, a pound of addictively delicious coffee from our new sponsor Turtle Creek Coffee, or a neat art book from Baby Tattoo Books, who runs the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s.

Special thanks to The Lady Satine for risking life and limb for your drawing pleasure; thanks to our generous sponsors Turtle Creek Coffee and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell of the Windup Space for slinging booze and tunes; thanks to Maeve for holding down the door and helping shove around chairs and stage crap; thanks to Alexis for emceeing; and of course thanks to everyone who sent in drawings, most of which can be seen in the video above.

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Bottom line drawing.

Photo by Jeff Schock
Photo by Jeff Schock

This was Cherie Sweetbottom’s first time posing for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, and it was a doozy.  We pretty much got a landslide of great drawings after the July session.  Take a look at the video—it’s one of the ones where all the pieces definitely came together, from the music, to the lighting, to Cherie being an awesome model.

Wow.

By the way, this was the first session sponsored by Turtle Creek Coffee, a happy coincidence since Cherie Sweetbottom happens to be the official Honey Badger of Turtle Creek Coffee.

Don’t know anything about Turtle Creek Coffee?  Let Mab Just Mab fill you in…

I swear to God, I had no idea who Turtle Creek was before I saw that—I laughed so hard that a few a weeks later, when I realized I was running out of coffee, it seemed only fair to order it from someone who’d amused me that much.  There are, at my count, FOUR folks who’ve modeled for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore in that video, including Cherie.  If you need some coffee, buy some from them.  It’s honestly amazing coffee.

We had contests for Baby Tattoo Books as well, who, if you didn’t know, run the Dr. Sketchy’s LA branch.  They have a pretty amazing line of books.  Check them out.

Tons of thanks to Cherie Sweetbottom for doing a great job and inspiring some stunning drawings; thanks to Hot Todd Lincoln for doing a cameo in her act; thanks to our generous sponsors, Baby Tattoo Books and our brand new sponsor, Turtle Creek Coffee; thanks to Russell of the Windup Space for slinging booze and tunes; thanks to Jeff for some of the great photos you see below; thanks to Maeve for running door and helping coral chairs and stage props; thanks to Alexis for emceeing; and finally thank you to everyone who sent in drawings, most of which should be in the video above.

Razor-tongued.

photo by Alexis de la Rosa
photo by Alexis de la Rosa

Sophia Sunday’s April session was, yet again, another of my favorites.

I know, I know—I say that a lot.  I just said it about the previous session with Sucre à la Crème.  I mean it, though.  Watch the video.

That’s how you do it folks.  The only way that could get any better is if she handed everyone a thousand bucks at the end.  Or maybe some dinosaurs riding some robots.  I dunno.

It’s also one of my favorite videos.  To have a good video several things need to go right.  One, the performer, obviously, has to be amazing.  That is about 25%.  Two, my dumb ass needs to have remembered to make sure the lights on the stage are bright enough so the hi-res works.  Sadly, this doesn’t always happen.  That’s about 40%.  The performer can be stunning and it just plain doesn’t matter if you can’t see them.  Three, we have to find a good song that we can use without getting sued—this can turn into a nightmare pretty quick.  That’s about 25%.  Four, Russell needs to have eaten a bunch of sugar that day.  That’s 5%.  Five, lots of neat, weird things need to happen to make for interesting shots.  That’s 25%.  Six, folks need to send in their drawings.  That’s 128%.

And before you ask, yes, I was a math major.

In any case, the performer being amazing and the video being amazing are not directly connected.  When they both happen at the same time, though . . . watch the fuck out.

As a side note, I’m a sucker for anything magic and sideshow related.  If we ever decided to put on a Dr. Sketchy’s Showcase show, you better believe Sophia’s razor-swallowing act would be in it.

And look at all those good drawings!  Alexis and I started doing all this so we could sit down and draw too—unfortunately, that doesn’t really work.  This session is definitely one where we wish we’d been in the audience.

Of course, we had a couple drawing contests for questionable concoctions from Russell at the bar and some fancy books from our generous sponsor Baby Tattoo Books, who runs the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s, in case you’re ever out that way.

Special thanks to Sophia Sunday who did a stunning job; thanks to our generous sponsor for this session, Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging booze and tunes; thanks to Jeff Schock for taking some of the lovely photos below; thanks to Maeve and also to Fred, who was in town visiting, for help with the door and all the various setup stuff; and of course thanks to Alexis for doing all those microphone things she does.

Thanks as well to all the folks who sent in the wonderful drawings you can see in the video above too.  Y’all rock.